Archive for July, 2020

Dynamics Ax 2009, Ax 2012, and Windows 2008 all coming to end of life.

July 27th, 2020

Are you still running your business on Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 or 2012?
Both versions are approaching the end of their life-cycles.
Microsoft is ending Mainstream Support for Dynamics AX 2009, AX 2012, and AX 2012 R2 this year and for AX 2012 R3 in 2021. That means no more security updates, hotfixes, warranty claims, design changes, features requests, and self-service support.

Even paid for extended support for AX 2009, AX 2012, and AX 2012 R2 ends in 2021.
For AX 2012 R3, it will be available until 2023.

ADOPT THE CLOUD, GET EXTENDED SUPPORT, OR DO NOTHING?
A custom support contract will extend the life of your ERP system beyond those dates. but it would mean significant expense. Generally, those support options could cost you between $50,000 and $150,000 per year. Is it really worth committing that kind of budget?

What are the options? If Dynamics AX 2009 or 2012 is working well for you and provides all the functionality you need, at a performance standard you like, then taking no action is one route. If you are not expecting dramatic growth or major changes in the way the company operates, and you have a good relationship with a Dynamics partner who can help you resolve any issues or make tweaks to the system then to do nothing it might be a short term option..

Don’t forget what you might be missing – the third option, is to upgrade to Dynamics 365 on the Azure cloud.

BUILD A BUSINESS CASE FOR THE CLOUD.
For many clients, the advantages of moving to the cloud are already compelling. . Once you’re in the cloud, you get periodic, largely automatic upgrades that require minimal IT involvement. Data protection and disaster recovery measures on Azure are state-of-the-art.

There are different costs and economies when moving to the cloud. You pay subscription fees instead of license and support investment in software. You no longer need worry about Windows and SQL licences and upgrades, and will see a reduction in server room utility bills.

We can help you to transition to cloud ERP. But, before you make any decision and pursue its realization, you should have a solid business case. An ERP upgrade is a major project and resource commitment even when it’s managed elegantly and efficiently. It’s worth it to be thorough in comparing the current and long-term benefits and costs of extending the life of your current AX solution, on the present or a modernized hardware and network infrastructure, or transitioning to Dynamics 365.
The whole architecture of the system has changed and migrating high volume, complex data, and custom code across an enterprise is not as simple as cloud advocates may claim. Its a whole new paradigm to support a digital revolution to a more agile. mobile world.

We can help you identify possible cloud ERP benefits that might not have been top-of-mind but are nonetheless highly advantageous. New approaches to automation, collaborations and communications with trading partners and customers can become more productive and faster in a cloud environment.

To gain better business insight or need to accommodate larger masses of data, the analytics and information management tools on Azure are powerful and can easily integrate with Dynamics 365. Any time, anywhere any device mobile access to ERP capabilities allows n ways of working.

Synergy software Systems is one of the oldest and most reputable Dynamics partners in the world. When it’s time to anticipate and prepare for the practicalities of your Dynamics 365 upgrade, we will work through them with you. We help you make sense of the licensing and figure out the most advantageous schedule. Engage with us to assess the effectiveness of your current processes, model possible improvements following the Dynamics 365 deployment, and prioritize the best sequence for bringing them into reality.

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https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/fin-ops-core/fin-ops/get-started/mainstream-support-ax-2009-2012

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/4456235/end-of-support-for-windows-server-2008-and-windows-server-2008-r2

UiPath attracts further $225m funding

July 20th, 2020

UiPath on Monday announced a $225 million Series E round, pushing its valuation to $10.2 billion.

Founded in 2005, UiPath builds technology called Robotic Process Automation, or RPA. It involves systems that use AI to learn and then take over routine and mundane software processes and business workflows from human workers. The company has more than $400 million in annual recurring revenue.

“COVID-19 has heightened the critical need of automation to address challenges and create value in days and weeks, not months and years,” UiPath CEO Daniel Dines said in a statement. “We are committed to working harder to help our customers evolve, transform, and succeed fast in the new normal.”

UiPath has a R&D hub in Bellevue, Wash., nearby Microsoft’s headquarters.

Synergy Software is the only MEA based UI Path Gold Partner. Let us show you how to streamline and automate process to reduce costs, and free up staff for higher value tasks, and reduce risk of fraud and data entry error.

Why Dynamics 365 for your enterprise Finance and Operations in Dubai? Ask Synergy Software Systems

July 18th, 2020

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations delivers enterprise, global, ERP capabilities within a cloud-based business application. Drive digital transformation with integrated functionality and tools to manage their operations and finances, systems security and compliance in a unified integrated environment.

Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations helps organizations streamline key finance, manufacturing, distribution, retail and project-related business processes, to drive growth and make real-time, data-driven decisions at global scale all with intelligent modern business application.

This modern Microsoft’s solution helps businesses keep ahead by enabling better agile decisions. It brings together a complete set of adaptable Manufacturing, Supply chain, Retail and Finance capability with built-in predictive analytics and intelligence. The Dynamics suite with Power Automate tools and azure services integrates with existing systems and is easily extended for mobile operations- any device, anywhere.

For more information ask Microsoft Gold Partner Synergy Software Systems – oldest Partner in the GCC and regional representative for Dynamics Pact.

Microsoft Windows 7 will no longer receive security patches,

July 14th, 2020

Microsoft Windows 7 will no longer receive security patches. Cyber criminals will try to target businesses that still haven’t upgraded.It’s estimated that 200 million PC users are still running Windows 7.

UK’s National Cyber Security Centre – the cyber arm of the GCHQ intelligence service – issued a warning over the continued use of Windows 7 PCs and laptops, telling users they shouldn’t use Windows 7 devices when accessing personal data.

Businesses hold data on large groups of people and it’s not beyond the realms of possibly that attackers could exploit new vulnerabilities uncovered in Windows 7 to maliciously infiltrate networks via phishing or malware attacks and gain access to that data. The global WannaCry ransomware attack of May 2017 demonstrated how vulnerable machines that haven’t received security updates can be to hackers.

Cyberattacks aren’t going to disappear overnight; security teams should be working to protect their organisations’ networks. If they don’t upgrade soon, then worst-case scenario could be another WannaCry-style attack.” said Nir.
Businesses may be reluctant to purchase more recent versions of Windows, but being without security updates is incredibly dangerous, and the risk of financial and reputational damage is huge. For those who don’t have a clear plan to move away from Windows 7, it is about time to create one.

There’s still the potential that there could be some Windows 7 devices left lurking on the network or staff BYODs. If you don’t take stock of your network to see how much Windows 7 you really have, then the chances are the cybercrooks will do it for you,

June saw a big jump in Phorpiex a notorious botnet campaign known for distributing a number of malware and spam campaigns, including largescale sextortion email campaigns, has surged in activity over the past month, with cyber criminals. Phorpiex detections grew to such an extent that it was the second most detected malware campaign during June, and 2% of organisations were targeted by the botnet.

The botnet sends out spam emails that attempt to deliver a malicious payload to victims to power an Avaddon ransomware campaign. Attempts to lure victims into opening a Zip file attachment in a phishing email that uses a wink emoji as the subject. It might sound like a basic form of cyberattack, but criminals use what works.
Phorpiex – which is also known as Trik – has been used to distribute spam campaigns for other forms of ransomware, including GandCrab and Pony, as well as being used to mine for cryptocurrency on infected machines.

The most commonly detected malware during June was Agent Tesla, an advanced remote access trojan that was detected targeting 3% of organisations. Agent Tesla is an information stealer and a keylogger, providing attackers with the ability to see absolutely everything on the infected computer, including usernames, passwords, browser history, system information and more – everything needed to very much compromise a network.

XMRig, an open-source cryptocurrency mining malware uses the CPU power of infected machines to generate Monero. It has been active since May 2017. The remainder of the top 10 most wanted malware for June is made up of familiar names including Dridex, Trickbot, Ramnit and Emotet – staples of cyber-criminal activity, either stealing information, or being used as the start of more destructive campaigns. For example, Trickbot and Emotet are often used as the first stage of largescale ransomware attacks.

Many of the common forms of malware rely on exploits and vulnerabilities that have long been known, so can be protected against by applying security patches, which in some cases have been available for years
Malicious hackers are targeting factories and industrial environments with a wide variety of malware and cyberattacks including ransomware, cryptocurrency miners – and in some cases they’re actively looking to shut down or disrupt systems.

A lack of basic protections can open the door to a relatively straightforward ransomware or cryptojacking attack that could have serious consequences for the bottom line.

To protect against cyber criminals and hackers, industrial environments should:
- Have the minimum number of open ports facing the internet and access control policies should be tightened with unique and strong passwords for each system.
- Use Two-factor authentication to help prevent attackers from gaining access to environments.
- Ensure that systems are regularly updated with relevant security patches in order to ensure that cyber criminals can’t take advantage of known vulnerabilities to gain access to networks.

Hijacked website domains – keep control of your content

July 9th, 2020

An oversight has long plagued Azure-hosted sites. It was recently reported that 240 website subdomains belonging to organizations large and small, were hijacked to redirect netizens to malware, X-rated material, online gambling, and other unexpected content. All due to the way they were hosted in Microsoft’s Azure cloud. Those organisations include: Chevron, the Red Cross, UNESCO, 3M, Getty Images, Hawaiian Airlines, Arm, Warner Brothers, Honeywell, Autodesk, Toshiba, Xerox, the NHS, Siemens, Volvo, Clear Channel, Total, and more. Microsoft itself accidentally allowed some of its own long-forgotten subdomains to slip into the hands of spammers. It’s not that these organizations were hacked; they rented a corner of the internet, added their logo and name, and when they no longer needed that space, they emptied it but left the door open for others to enter and run a casino or a porno store at the same address under the same brand.

Xerox found that one of its subdomains, advanced.core.freeflow.xerox.com, was commandeered to host pages linking to websites advertising escorts, kitchenware, oil paintings, and more, in the hope that the reputation of xerox.com would boost the linked-to sites in web search engine rankings. At one point advanced.core.freeflow.xerox.com was hosted in the Microsoft cloud on a server named something along the lines of webserver9000.azurewebsites.net, chosen by Xerox’s IT admins. When whatever was living at advanced.core.freeflow.xerox.com was no longer needed, Xerox would have spun down webserver9000.azurewebsites.net, releasing it for others to use. The point is that advanced.core.freeflow.xerox.com still pointed to webserver9000.azurewebsites.net, so when someone else came along and spun up a virtual server using that hostname, they could control the content of advanced.core.freeflow.xerox.com.

This is doubly embarrassing for Xerox, because the Maze ransomware team also claims to have infiltrated the tech giant’s network and exfiltrated gigabytes of internal data, which will be leaked unless the extortionists are paid off.

The latest list of hijacked subdomains was drawn up by Zach Edwards, who reported the URLs at the end of June to Microsoft as well as the affected organizations,. He said he earlier reported two to three dozen commandeered government and university subdomains as a priority.

Many of these subdomain takeovers appear to be by a single group that has been active for years. Some pages redirect to malware, some redirect to porn or casinos or other potential clients that pay them for inbound links, some direct to malicious chrome extensions, or cracked software.

Crooks try to hide their presence once they’ve hijacked a subdomain, by making the root URL show a 404 or “coming soon” message. Further down the directory tree, however, are potentially thousands of files containing everything from malicious redirects through affiliate links to pages designed to trick people into installing malware to links to blogs and seedy sites to boost their rankings.

At the end of last month, Microsoft published a support article explaining to customers how to avoid losing control of their subdomain content.

IPaaS – Snaplogic for rapid integration – ask Synergy Software Systems

July 1st, 2020

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the latest additions to a growing liwt of awards.